Saturday, 24 August 2013

Ben Kingsley plays a Sikh driving instructor in new film


Sir Ben Kingsley is unrecognisable in a Turban and beard. Brooklyn New York. 

The Oscar-winning actor looked unrecognisable in a Sikh turban  as he begun filming  the indie drama Learning To Drive in Brooklyn with co-star Patricia Clarkson.

Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE – born Krishna Pandit Bhanji – plays instructor Darwan, a Sikh, a political refugee from India who is teaching newly separated Wendy to drive.

Wendy, a self-absorbed New York book critic, is thrown into shock when her husband leaves her abruptly for another woman. A bitter divorce ensues.

He tries to be patient with his student, who is coming apart at the seams before his eyes.

Meanwhile, Darwan is contemplating an arranged marriage to a woman he has never met.
Today, the movie is filming at 8th Ave and St John’s Place in Brooklyn.

The film is based on a Katha Pollitt personal essay published in The New Yorker in 2002 about the bi-weekly driving lessons she had with her Filipino driving instructor.

Daily mail, 23rd August 2013. 

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